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ACT opinions

Posted on: 17 October 2012


The ACT’s pick a box election

Hopefully Molonglo voters have trained their minds long and hard enough to make sure the candidates they intend to vote for on Saturday meet all their expectations. But even if they have, I think at the polling booth many find it difficult to stick to their original choices.

At the same time I wonder how many of those who voted by post or availed themselves of pre poll voting would have voted differently had they known the details of the extra policies the parties have rushed in these last few days before polling day. What prompted me to ask that question was the ACT Electoral Commissioner saying on ABC Radio that, in the last election around 45,000 postal and pre poll votes were received. This time around that number is likely to have increased due to having an extra 13,000 voters on the electoral roll.

However, being of generous nature and assuming that this time around the latter number of votes remains the same could mean that 17.5% of voters did not know the full range of policies being put to the vote. That being the case calls into question whether or not the results of the election can legitimately claim to be accurate.

Not that this was an issue discussed when Ross Solly from ABC 666 conducted interviews with some 17 of the Molonglo candidates early this morning. I can but add that had the ABC started earlier in the month perhaps the candidates could have faced a wider range of questions.

Of the candidates interviewed the longest segment was with Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Health, Jeremy Hanson, Speaker Shane Rattenbury and Bullet Train Candidate Tim Bohm.Thank goodness for Tim Bohm without whom the segment would just have been more of the same anti Liberal rhetoric of recent times from the Greens and Labor, not rhetoric to inspire voters.

Thank goodness too, that program overall interviewed other candidates. Clearly some of these candidates could be described as camp followers. Fortunately however, three out of them stood out as being serious about becoming MLAs even though they did not share the same political philosophy.

The three I’d like to mention are: Steve Doszpot, Liberal; David Mathews, Labor; Caroline Le Couteur Greens.

Steve Doszpot a refugee from Hungary many years ago and successful Canberra business man, radiated calm and presented as a man to whom honesty and integrity mattered; a man to be trusted.

David Mathews – a refugee from Victoria, also a successful business man in Canberra, radiated the same image and in doing so also presented as a man to be trusted.

Caroline Le Couteur presented a different image. Although a surprise green package at the last election, if voters’ common sense prevails, this time round she could be a Green bomb that some other Greens won’t like.

To end, it is my belief, right or wrong, that along with Giulia Jones and Meegan Fitzharris, these candidates will make the kind of MLA that Molonglo and Canberra needs. And so my final selection for Molonglo reads: Katy Gallagher, Jeremy Hanson, Steve Doszpot, David Mathews, Caroline Le Couteur, Giulia Jones and Meegan Fitzharris because I believe that all of these candidates want to become MLAs not because they want power but because they want a Canberra in which their children and grandchildren have a future.

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5 Responses to "ACT opinions"

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